The King Arthur Baking site is one of my favorite sites for well-tested, delicious baked goods recipes. I saw their blog post on babkallah yesterday and just had to make it. It is, after all, the holidays and while we are not celebrating with family and friends this year, I had decided I'd bake a few cookies and cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. Since I love both chocolate babka and challah bread, both of which I've baked in the past, I knew I had to make this yummy sounding mash up.
The recipe is here. I took a few photos of the process along the way to share and my only change to the recipe is to use my stand mixer for the dough and my food processer for the filling.
Some things are exactly as good as they sound. This is one of them. Don't be afraid of yeasted breads. I used instant yeast and the rises were perfect and the dough very easy to handle. The babkallah has a wonderful crumb, is just sweet enough, and has the added bonus of a somewhat chewy-crunchy exterior. While my first inclination was to wish there were even more chocolate inside, I know that would have made the loaf too heavy. This recipe is a keeper.